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Diodes

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This circuit can be built to test how a simple diode works.

Rectification

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This is the simplest rectification circuit you can build. The output wave looks like this:

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The rectified potential is known as half-wave rectification.


[Click >> to see the output potential]

The addition of a filtering capacitor smoothens out the rectified potential.

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This is a full-wave rectification that uses four diodes.

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Here is another circuit that achieves the same type of full-wave rectification.

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Look how a filtering capacitor smoothens out the direct current.

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Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are used in signal devices for timing purposes.

 

 

 

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